Maryland NRP Investigates Fatal Boating Accident in Harford County

Havre De Grace, Md. (May 20, 2011) – The
Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) Special Operations Divison
is investigating a fatal boating accident that occurred at 9:45
a.m. today at the Tidewater Marina located on the Susquehanna River
in Havre De Grace.

A preliminary investigation found that a 44-foot sailboat was
leaving the dock area of the marina when one of its passengers, an
81-year-old man, fell into the water. The man was not wearing a
life jacket.

After being pulled back onto the boat and brought to shore, the man
was transported to Harford Memorial Hospital where he was
pronounced dead. The cause of death is yet to be determined, and
the victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of
kin.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police remind all citizens and
visitors that attention to boating safety saves lives, and is of
paramount importance when enjoying Maryland’s waterways. While it
is recommended that everyone on board wear a personal floatation
device while a vessel is underway, a child under 7 years of age
must wear a life jacket while underway in a vessel that is less
than 21 feet in length.

In addition, children under 4 years of age and/or less than 50
pounds must have a life jacket equipped with a grab strap,
inflatable headrest and crotch strap. NRP also recommends filing a
float plan with a friend or relative. The plan should include the
vessel’s destination, how long it will remain at the destination,
and what time it’s expected to return. This information will assist
rescue units if the vessel does not return. The Maryland Natural
Resources Police emergency number is 800-628-9944.

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